Sunday, May 28, 2017

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up

Welcome to SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog for Special Education Teachers! Visit every week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access all of the freebies from previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I invite you to link up and share your own freebie(s) using the link up tool below! 


Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. Your freebie may link to your blog or store.
3. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
4. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! Be sure to share this image on your social media so others can see your freebie!

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

 Feel free to share the image above all over your social media to let other teachers know about these freebies! 

The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but "forever" freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!

**NOTE: SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies is going on summer break! We are taking off the month of June and July and will resume in August! 

Have a great summer!



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Programs

Have you been teaching Special Education full-time in a low income Title I school for at least five consecutive years and owe student loans?? If you answered yes, then you'll want to read on to find out how I got $17,500 written off of my loan balance! 

If you were highly qualified in the area that you taught in, your employment was full-time, your five years were consecutive, your account is not in default, and you accrued your loan balance after October 1, 1998, then there is a good chance you may be eligible too.  


I was found eligible and had $17,500 taken off of my loan! I've read about many teachers that have not received the forgiveness and question as to whether anyone gets it. But it happened to me! I got it! It seems one of the biggest reasons for rejection is that employment was not consecutive. So if you've taken a break in employment, you will most likely not be eligible, because the program is designed to "keep" teachers in the field. If you meet all of the requirements above, then you need to apply!

If you feel you meet the requirements and may be eligible, you can download the application and eligibility requirements here. Applying is super easy! Just complete the first two pages of the application, have your principal sign it, and mail it to your loan holder. This is whoever you send your payments to each month.  

After ten years of continuous service, Public Service Loan Forgiveness is another option that will write off the entire remaining balance! Have you heard of it? I am about to close out my 10th year of teaching, so I was super excited to finally be able to apply for the PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness) Program.

However, after doing my homework recently on the PSLF Program, I found that this program might be a little too good to be true...at least for me! Not only does it require 10 years of service, it requires 10 years of qualifying payments. So in order to qualify, you have to have made 120 payments on your eligible loan(s) after October 1, 2007. So because it takes 10 years to qualify, no one has ever received this forgiveness yet, with the first candidates becoming eligible in October of this year (2017).  

If you meet these requirements, then good for you! You may be eligible in October to have all of your loans forgiven. You can read more about the PSLF Program and eligibility requirements here

Although I won't be eligible for the PSLF any time soon, I am thankful for the five year loan forgiveness program I was granted and want to make sure that other teachers are aware of these programs and take advantage of them! 

Did you know about these programs or have you applied for any teacher loan forgiveness programs?


SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up

Welcome to SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog for Special Education Teachers! Visit every week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access all of the freebies from previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I invite you to link up and share your own freebie using the link up tool below! 


Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. Your freebie may link to your blog or store.
3. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
4. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! Be sure to share this image on your social media so others can see your freebie!

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

 Feel free to share the image above all over your social media to let other teachers know about these freebies! 

The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but "forever" freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!

Thanks for dropping by!


Sunday, May 14, 2017

SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies Link Up

Welcome to SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies!! Every Sunday I host this freebie link up here on my blog for Special Education Teachers! Visit every week to download free resources for your classroom! If this is your first time visiting, you can access all of the freebies from previous link ups by clicking on "SPEDtacular Sunday Freebies" under "My Files" on my right sidebar. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

If you're a TPT seller, blogger, or resource creator, I invite you to link up and share your own freebie using the link up tool below! 


Link Up Rules

1. All resources must be FREE! It can be free for the day, but please delete your link once you mark it back to paid.
2. Your freebie may link to your blog or store.
3. Freebie does not have to be related specifically to SPED, but should be practical for SPED.
4. If you are linking up from your blog, using this image in your post and linking back to my blog is not required, but is greatly appreciated! Be sure to share this image on your social media so others can see your freebie!

*I recommend using an image of your freebie & not your button when linking up. 

 Feel free to share the image above all over your social media to let other teachers know about these freebies! 

The link up tool will close on Saturday each week, but "forever" freebies will remain accessible! Come back every Sunday to link up or download new freebies!

Thanks for dropping by!


Monday, May 8, 2017

WE LOVE TEACHERS GIVEAWAY!


Happy Teacher Appreciation, Week #2!! Many people were confused this year about whether TA Week was this week or last week and many celebrated last week. But I'm sure you don't mind being spoiled two weeks in a row! 

So I've teamed up with six of my special education teacher friends to show you some appreciation LOVE!!! All seven of us are giving away a $20 store credit to spend in our TPT stores to one lucky teacher! That's $140 worth of free resources to use now or get you off to a great start for next year! 

Use the rafflecopter below to enter!!! Thanks for all you do for our students each and every day. It's not always easy, but you do make a difference! Good luck and we hope you have a great week!


a Rafflecopter giveaway